UN mission on sanctions rejoices Harare
The 10-day visit of the UN special rapporteur on the negative impact of sanctions has delighted the Zimbabwean presidency which sees it as a positive sign in its fight against Western sanctions.
Present for the inauguration of the Kazungula Bridge, which spans the Zambezi River between Botswana and Zambia, Emmerson Mnangagwa and his PR team would appear to have somewhat exaggerated the role of the Zimbabwean president in the bridge's construction.
Two businessmen with a longstanding presence in Harare's agricultural trading community have launched a grain import-export company based in Mauritius to target the Zimbabwean market. They are seeking to take advantage of a booming sector, driven by President Mnangagwa's plans to improve the security of the country's food supplies.
Although the US has now imposed sanctions on Zimbabwean businessman Kuda Tagwirei, adding further pressure to Great Dyke Investments, the JV's Russian partners have not lost sight of their goals for its Darwendale platinum project, even as other international sanctions loom.
As the protagonists in the South Sudanese civil war gear up for more peace talks in Addis Ababa on 5 February, tribal mentalities are taking precedence over political considerations, prompting the exasperation of the Trump administration, Salva Kiir's last remaining